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Punked School of Coding

Daniel Gheorghe Tweet

To all developers, computer science teachers and other software professionals!

The Punked School of Coding is an initiative that aims to teach children in my small town community the basics of programming. I was inspired to make this a reality by Toptal's Global Mentor’s Program.

Since January 2016, I am a member of Toptal - an exclusive network of the top freelance software developers, designers, and finance experts in the world.

A while ago, I was asked to join the Toptal Global Mentor’s Program. The program is a partnership between Toptal and General Assembly to provide high quality mentorship for students from minority and low income backgrounds who are looking to begin their careers as professional software engineers. My commitment is to mentor a General Assembly student every week for a year, covering everything from coding tips and tricks to advice on making it in the industry.

The above has given me the idea to take this commitment one step forward and give back to my local community by raising funds to buy 15 laptops and donating them to 15 children who want to learn the basics of computer science. Moreover, I made a commitment to organize weekly courses for those children starting February 2017.

The course aims to teach the following topics, over the period of one year:

  • What's a computer and how does it work
  • What's a computer network and how does it work
  • What's the Internet and how does it work
  • The basics of HTML and CSS
  • The basics of JavaScript

The campaign of raising the funds for the laptops has started yesterday (December, 21st 2016) and my local community in Targoviste, Romania has already rallied and we already have 9 laptops in less than 12 hours (keep you posted on that).

This writing is in fact an incentive for other developers, computer science teachers and other professionals to do the same in their communities - thus helping educate our young and preparing them for the future.